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August 2014 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:


Celebrating the Prophet Micah
(Chapter 4 and 5, OSB Septuagint)

Chapter 4 of Micah, is a marvelous example of our lasting hope in the Lord, even when we're our own worst enemy. This prophecy of Micah concerns the Jews being both dispersed and exiled for their disobedience, while at the same time, Micah's words are of hope to the "remnant". Chapter 4 also confirms the Lord interacting with the most humble of His people, as Micah was known to be an everyday farmer, with no specific reputation. Yet those knowing Micah, listened intently, for his words were true and sincere. Interestingly, the name Micah means, one likened unto the One God, the I AM. He reminds one of St John the Baptist.

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July 2014 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

The Holy Spirit
Annunciation and Pentecost
(From St. John of Damascus and the OSB Septuagint Old Testament)

In loving obedience, the Lord's messenger came to Mary, the Virgin of prophecy. Yet being of the disgraced House of David and from the womb of Anna, this seemed near impossible. However, with glad tidings, the grace of the Holy Spirit became known, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with thee." While pondering such words, the angel said to her, "Fear not, Mary, for you have found favor with God. You shall bring forth a Son, to be named Jesus." His name lets us know He will deliverer and save the faithful from their trespasses. Then she asks, "How can this be, since I know not a man?" The angel responds, "The Holy Spirit shall came upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee. Therefore the Holy One, whom shall be born from thee, shall be called the Son of God." She offered in respond, "Behold, the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be to me according to Your word." Such is the wonder of the Holy Spirit.

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June 2014 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Pentecost and the Holy Spirit
A Promised First-Fruit of Our Father

After being baptized, Jesus emerges from the dark waters, with the heavens being opened unto Him. It was here He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, to rest upon Him. "Suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Matt 3:17) "Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matt 4:1).

From John 7:39, we read, "But this He spoke, concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would be receiving. For the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was yet glorified. Then John 14:26 tells us, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all the things I said to you.

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May 2014 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Metropolitan Philip
May His Memory Be Eternal!

So many memories flood my mind as I reflect on the passing of Metropolitan Philip. He was a great visionary for North America and the Orthodox faith. This surely included the St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, for it would be impossible to overstate his support, from day one, of our being Orthodox. As with all such visionary, he recognized the potential of this Academy and was supportive in every way. He acknowledging our achievements, supported it financially, while blessing us with his constant encouragement.

Some may not fully understand the integral role St. Athanasius Academy played in the "Evangelical Orthodox" becoming, canonically, Orthodox. It was here much of the research and preparation took place; where much of the teaching and learning occurred. He fully comprehended this. And though the role of the Academy changed greatly after becoming Orthodox, as it should have, his belief in us never altered in the years that followed.

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April 2014 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Orthodox Study Bible: Old Testament Septuagint
Its Importance to You

It is helpful to keep in mind that like the earliest Christian community, the Orthodox Church continues using the 49 books of the Greek version of the Old Testament called the Septuagint (LXX). It was produced by seventy of the finest Jewish scholars, who were gathered together in Alexandria some three centuries before the birth of Jesus, our Christ. It became the universally accepted version of the Old Testament. These inspired Old Testament books tell the story of the God of all, and His working with ancient Israel.

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The Orthodox Study Bible and The Orthodox Study Bible: New Testament and Psalms are the fruit of the labors of the St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology. Both are available from Conciliar Press.

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About the Academy

St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology is an academic community of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America serving through Research, Writing, and Education

 

St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology was founded in 1976 as an arm of the Evangelical Orthodox Church and entered canonical Orthodoxy when that body was brought into the Antiochian Archdiocese. We offer a Correspondence Study Program, operate a Prisoner Education Program, and carry out various programs of research and study to prepare materials presenting the Orthodox Christian faith to Americans.

The Orthodox Study Bible: New Testament and Psalms is an outstanding example of the fruit of our literature programs. Currently we publish booklets in the Timely Topics series and the Booklets for Children series. Also, whenever appropriate, we publish audio and video tapes on various topics.

The mission of St. Athanasius Academy is to prepare and communicate materials on the Orthodox Christian faith in English for both Orthodox and non-Orthodox people — particularly the laity. Thus, our goals are three-fold:

1. to be a valuable and helpful teaching ministry of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North American and a service to all,

2. to help all Christians learn more about the history, teachings and practice of the Church, and

3. to help spread the Spirit of Orthodox Christianity to all Americans. 


Contact:

Paul Goetz

Correspondence Studies Division/Prisoner Education Project

St. Athanasius Academy

P.O. Box 1205

Elk Grove, CA  95759

(916) 686-6230 (Phone/Fax)

paul@saaot.edu